Performing arts union Equity is calling for compensation for both current and future cast members of Cinderella after it was announced the West End show would close.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production at the Gillian Lynne Theatre announced it will end after less than a year on 12 June despite opening to rave reviews.
Equity held a protest on Tuesday outside the theatre calling for workers “to be treated with dignity at work” after some cast members claimed they found out the news on social media or news websites.
“Equity members made this show. They poured their hearts and skills into it through the worst two years in living memory. Now they’re jobless, effectivity sacked by press release” said general secretary Paul W Fleming.
“Do not think that sending an email out to an agent or cast member after hours is fulfilling your obligation. It is not a press matter, it is a matter of workers’ dignity,” a statement read.
The theatre performance has been hit by disruptions due to the pandemic since it was first workshopped in 2019, before previewing in June 2021 with a reduced audience due to restrictions.
Hope Fletcher, who played Cinderella, wrote on Twitter: “When your show became the face of ‘reopening’. When you are entirely in control of the announcement about it closing, definitely make sure the people employed hear first.
“Definitely don’t write an article days before you tell them for the trade mag. Definitely call your actors.”
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A statement from Lord Lloyd Webber said: “Now, I am really excited to get to work putting together a new production with (production company) No Guarantees for Broadway.
“Thank you very much to everyone involved, particularly our UK audiences who have loved and supported the show. See you next March on Broadway.”